Air Travel 04 Apr 2009 03:30 pm
With the recent changes on the Air France and KLM Flying blue frequent flyers program, a lot of customers are unhappy. On April 1st, they’ve made changes to the program that greatly reduces the number of miles you get when flying with them or with their Skyteam partners like Aeroméxico, Delta Air Lines, Czech Airline, Alitalia, Northwest Airlines, Aeroflot and China Southern Airline. As we are writing Continental Airlines is still a member of Skyteam but will switch to Star Alliance on October 25, 2009.
Before April 1st members, flying on a leisure rate (cheap ticket), were able to gain 100 % of status miles on long haul flight. Since the change the same ticket would yield 50 % or even 25 % of the status miles. Unless you are flying Full fare (really expensive) economy class, you will earn 100% of status miles.
Business Class customer are less affected by the change but some of them are affected, If you book Z class you used to be able to earn 150 % of the status miles, but now you are down to only 125%.
As a result of those measures a lot of customers are angry at the Flying blue program and are looking to more their business to the highly successful Star Alliance network. The only drawback is that Elite members would need to regain their elite status with a new Airline. But according to some report, customers were able to get their Elite Status match my BMI Diamond Club.
Here’s how they did it.
First you need to join BMI Diamond Club
After you need to send them an e-mail to diamond.club (At) flybmi.com and quote them your Diamond Club number and provide them with screen shot of your Flying Blue Online Statement showing you Elite status and the recent flight you took.
They will gladly upgrade you to one of their elite status.
BMI Diamond Club should merge with Lufthansa Miles and Mores program in the near future.
Enjoy flying Star Alliance. I know I will.